Sometimes I am amazed at the difference from what is actually going on in the United States, and what many outsiders, especially some Europeans, THINK is happening. First of all, many do not really know what the Electoral College is. Yes, it CAN prevent a candidate from taking office when they won the popular vote and not the Electoral, BUT in nearly every election, the popular and Electoral votes have been consistent with each other. I believe it has only been switched once before, back in an election in the late 1800's. Second of all, the Electoral College takes in the effect the widespead poplation and geographic differences that are common in America. It actually makes it more fair by representing the citizens in the less populated states, such as Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota, for example. The U.S. population is not even anything resembling an even density, so a system such as the Electoral College is needed to insure fair representation. If that system was not in effect, canidates would only direct their campaigns at the high-population states, such as New York, California, Illinois, and Florida. As you would imagine, the interests of the people in these areas are very different from the people in the less-populated areas. The Electoral College represents everyone! Back to my previous points, the Electoral College insures a fair, widespead, and EQUAL representation. Did you ever think of that side of the issue? Most people did not. Is this system a good idea? I believe it is. Our founding fathers knew what they were doing.
As for others cheap shots at the United States: Who really should care? I mean, look how many people are literally dying every single day just to cross our borders and become citizens in our country. That says something. Plus, every country has problems. The U.S. is peacefully resolving our recent 'front-page' problem at the moment, and it is drawing to a close with each passing day. This whole election deal is really not that bad when it comes to other problems. Mostly, there was just some confusion, and now people are taking steps to make sure no harm was done. Personally I am a Bush fan and a Republican and I think he won it fair and square (!!!) , but that is another story. I can pick out mostly any country that is 'laughing' and instantly point out a 'problem' that is huge in comparison to our current elections. For example, why is Russia saying anything? Atleast we can eat a meal three times a day. France shouldn't even get started. I have met hardly anyone that likes the people of France. While in Europe, there were many different people who took the opportunity to tell me who much they disliked France and how much they distrusted it's people. As I grow older every year, I notice this more and more myself. Do you French realize what language you would be speaking if it wasn't for our country just over 50 years ago? I am not trying to start a nationalism war, but I'm afraid that could unfortunately happen.
See, every place has their faults, I am just asking for people to actually see what is happening, and not rely merely on wishful thinking.
Thank you for your time,